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Preparing Your Organization for the 2017 IPPS Changes

The 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) guidelines contain several fundamental changes, and certainly some challenges insofar as clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and coding practices are concerned. As an advocate for integration of coding guidelines into our CDI practice, the 2017 IPPS certainly offers an opportunity for tighter collaboration between the two domains. Practically speaking, […]

ICD-10: Coding the Killers

Paul Strafer Cassie Milligan As it does every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its list of the leading causes of death in the United States. With the transition to ICD-10 and new codes facing provider organizations looming on Oct. 1, 2016, what should coders be aware of regarding this […]

2017 ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines – Will They Make a Difference?

I often hear auditors and coding leaders say that their physicians are pretty good at listing rationale for their diagnoses of sepsis, acute respiratory failure, and encephalopathy. However, commercial insurance continues to deny their claims. They are very frustrated – and wondering if the new ICD-10-CM guideline will help. What they are referring to is, […]